Sunday, December 09, 2012
So today I made a quiche and mini meatloaves and realized that for a couple of months now, I've been doing really well at making my lunches for work, rather than buying frozen ones at the store.
So what does that mean? I'm just guessing here on some of this, since I haven't really done a true comparison but:
1) less expensive. I can spend as little as $1.50 for a sale entree, and up to $5.00 for a frozen entree at the store. If I don't bring my lunch and instead buy it at work, I'm spending between $4-$10, depending on if I'm eating at the cafeteria, or if we go out to a local restaurant.
2) better ingredients. I know what I put in my homemade lunches. I look for recipes that have whole, real food. And while many of the frozen dinners I was buying have pretty good ingredients, they are pretty sparse, so I would typically add veggies from work to go along with, and up the veggie count. While I still supplement with veggies from work (especially salad or the broccoli, when they have that) I know I am getting at least a couple of veggie servings with my homemade lunch, more than I was with the frozen entree.
3) better taste. Don't think this need an explanation!
So what have I made so far?
I think it started with fall, and looking at the crockpot and having a recipe challenge with the SparkPeople cookbook. I got that cookbook this summer, and was trying to make a recipe every week. I believe it was the crockpot recipes that got me thinking of making lunches and freezing them for the week. I did the salsa chicken (it's on SparkRecipes too, but I think they "tweaked" it a bit for the cookbook). This is a great recipe, if you are looking for something easy and filling. I've also made from that cookbook:
Slow-Cooker chicken stew (I just recently finished the stores of this, it was more watery than I would have liked, I think a stew should be stewy, this was more soupy.
Better-for-You Beef Stroganoff- delish!
Tuna Noodle Casserole-I made this with chopped asparagus, since I didn't have peas, and that was a nice addition
I also made some recipes from other places, one that made quite a few lunches was a spaghetti squash lasagna from SparkRecipes, I just recently finished that off too, it make 12 lunches!
The quiche I made today was a repeat from a last week, when I made a couple of recipes from a book called "Great, Good Food by Julee Rosso, which features "luscious lower-fat cooking". One of my favorite soups is from this book, she has a potato leek soup that is so good. I was making that last weekend, and just happened to look a couple of pages later and saw a Bacon and Leek Quiche with very similar ingredients to the soup. So I made both, and the quiche was so good, I made it again this weekend. I changed it a bit this time, and used sweet red onion instead of the leeks, and also turkey pastrami rather than Canadian bacon, since I didn't have any Canadian bacon left. Turns out Larry is a big fan of Canadian bacon (who knew?) and he gobbled up what I had left.
So for this week I'll be looking forward to lunching on turkey meatloaves and maybe quiche (if we don't eat it all today!)